Living in a wаrm, ѕunnу сlimаtе dоеѕ not mеаn you hаvе tо givе uр a gаrdеn. Enjоу еvеrу inсh of уоur gаrdеn bу choosing ѕun-tоlеrаnt реrеnniаlѕ аnd warmth thаt bloom year аftеr year. While уоu may nоt bе аblе tо ѕuссеѕѕfullу grоw ѕhаdе hоѕt as, a variety оf рlаntѕ with ѕtriking foliage аnd еуе-саtсhing flоwеrѕ prefer, аnd еvеn thrivе, when рrоvidеd with bright light аnd a соnѕtаnt flоw оf temperate оr hоt аir.
Heat tolerant perennials thrivе in wаrm, sunny gardens. All, however, benefit frоm a bit оf ѕhаdе in the afternoon, еѕресiаllу in аrеаѕ where the еxtrеmе hеаt оf thе dеѕеrt. Althоugh thеѕе perennials аrе drоught resistant, kеер thеm bеѕt bу providing them with wаtеr оn a rеgulаr basis, еѕресiаllу during hоt, drу реriоdѕ. These perennials are great for gardens around your and good for kids gardening as well.
Euрhоrbiа iѕ рlаntеd more for its fоliаgе thаn itѕ flоwеrѕ. Thе flоwеrѕ оf the plants in thе spring and рrоduсеѕ ѕtruсturеѕ оf mоdifiеd leaves, called bracts, which аrе often miѕtаkеn fоr lеаvеѕ. Thе brасtѕ ѕurrоund the real flоwеrѕ, whiсh аrе withоut раrtiсulаritу. Thе bracts produced bу еuрhоrbiа аrе bright уеllоw huе. Euрhоrbiа grоwѕ to a height of 12 tо 18 inсhеѕ аnd iѕ rеѕiѕtаnt to соld in USDA zоnеѕ 4 tо 8. Uѕе саutiоn whеn рlаnting thiѕ рlаnt. Euрhоrbiа рlаntѕ рrоduсе a milkу sap thаt acts аѕ an irritаnt tо thе skin. Euрhоrbiа саn be tоxiс if ingеѕtеd.
Agapanthus requires sunny, sheltered exposure and wintеr рrоtесtiоn in thе соldеѕt regions. Cultivated in роt, it саn bе returned during thе frosts. Agараnthuѕ find it diffiсult tо rеѕiѕt below -50C.
Planting these hardy plants will keep your garden looking great during extreme heat. Always practice good gardening by keeping weeds and pest free.
Weekly Lawn Mowing
When your yard is not looking its best and you are having difficulty growing grass consistently across your lawn because of soil compaction and thatch build. Aerating your lawn will prove beneficial to allowing water and air mix to with your soil efficiently. This will improve your soils water absorption and allow for deeper roots.
Fertilization and Weed Control
You should at least fertilize your lawn twice a year and use a pre-emergant herbicide if you have a prior history dealing with lawn weeds. Keeping your grass well nourished will not only promote green growth but also block out any invading weeds trying to set root into your yard.
The best time to pull weeds is right after irrigating or a rainfall. It’s easiest to pull or dig weeds out in their entirety when the ground is soft. After weeds are pulled or dug out, remove them entirely from the garden. Some weeds can grow back or go to seed if left where they are. Keep weeds out of the compost pile unless you are able to maintain heat high enough to kill any weed seeds.
Your hands are often the best all-purpose weeding tools, but when you need a little more power, try one of these.
Win the war, not just the battles!
Weeds can pop up for various reasons, however if you maintain a healthy lawn and react quickly to the newly grown weeds. Those weeds will be short lived and your lawn looking beautiful for the immediate future. If you need professional lawn service, McKinney Lawnscaping can help.
To test your soil, start by doing a soil test for pH balance to determine if you’re working with acid or alkaline soil conditions. You can purchase a soil test kit at a local garden or home improvement store and do your own test, or call a landscape professional to do a soil test for you.
If you hire a landscape company. A soil test is usually included in lawn care and maintenance. For lawn care questions about your soil type, McKinney Lawnscaping is here to help
The widespread, but totally erroneous, belief that grass clippings left on the lawn creates thatch was debunked in the late 60’s by a study at the University of Rhode Island. They found that thatch is primarily composed of stolons, stems, roots, and rhizomes. Grass clippings, on the other hand, are mostly water and will break down quickly, returning nutrients to your lawn. So, feel free to mulch those clippings right back into the yard without worry.
Its Safe to Leave Clippings
By all means, leave the clippings on the lawn. There is little evidence that they will cause thatch. Leaving the clippings will save you time, reduce the waste that goes to a composting facility and return nutrients and organic matter back to the soil.
It is a good idea to use a mulching mower, which will chop the clippings finely so they break down quickly. I prefer using a self-propelled mower that has rear-wheel drive.
If you do not have a mulching mower, avoid leaving piles of clippings on the lawn. Run the mower over the pile again to chop the clippings up and then rake them out so they are spread evenly.
How you mow has a substantial impact on the health and appearance of your lawn. Mowing at the proper height and frequency is key.
Many gardeners cut their lawns too short. Turf that is cut too short will tend to have a shallow root system, be more patchy, and be less resistant to stress as the summer heat and dry weather set in. That tends to make lawns more susceptible to weeds and pest infestations.
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Landscaping on a Budget
Money doesn't grow on trees, but it sure does cost money to buy those trees. When you are working with a limited budget you can always take these steps to keep your cost in check.
A little planning goes a long way
Start by choosing areas you want to keep as garden beds. Remove any weeds by tilling/pulling and cover with a healthy bed of mulch. Four to five inches thick will keep weeds at a minimum. You can obtain tons of free mulch at the local compost site. Call the city for details.
For stepping stones, or a mosaic walkway, contact a concrete contractor and tell them you are interested in the broken remains of concrete sidewalks or driveways they remove. They will be happy to let you take some, as they have to pay for the removal. Arrange the concrete pieces as you like and dig them in, smooth side up, flush with the ground. Then buy a gallon of concrete stain from a home remodel center and stain the part of concrete that is showing. For a more natural look, get two similar terracotta colors and brush randomly on each stone.
A great ground cover for walkway areas is creeping phlox. This plant can be easily divided, so you can start with one plant, and in a year or two, you will have more than enough. For free perennials, check online for a plant exchange group in your area. For low cost bushes and plants, wait until the greenhouses in your area are closing for the season. Shop several of them on a daily basis. You can pick up plants/bushes for as little as $1 each toward the end. Arrange the perennials in your planting bed as you like.
Only the best for Texas!
6 of the best woody shrubs that will enhance your landscape. One of the keys to the success of the Texas Superstar® program is the quality and reliability of the plant material that is highlighted in educational and marketing campaigns. Every effort is made to ensure that highlighted plants will perform well for Texas consumers. Wherever appropriate, limitations to highlighted plants are mentioned during marketing campaigns. Additionally, cultural information is provided to give the consumer guidance regarding proper plant care.
Your lawn can have these Superstar plants as well. Click here for a free quote, and let McKinney Lawnscaping take care of your landscaping needs.
The Texas SuperStar* plant is the Texas Lilac Vitex*, or Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus).
Deciduous large shrub or small tree with distinctive palmately compound leaves. Profuse spikes of lavender flowers, blooming heavily in the early summer, and then sporadically throughout the summer and fall. Vitex is heat, drought and pest tolerant. ‘Texas Lilac’ is our group designation for several recommended cultivars including ‘Montrose Purple,’ ‘LeCompte,’ and ‘Shoal Creek,’ all of which are considered Texas Superstars®.
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